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Start-ups to make pitch Thursday in Manchester for chance at $100,000 investment

By Union Leader staff
September 28. 2015 9:45PM


MANCHESTER — Seven promising New Hampshire start-ups will get to make their pitch on Thursday for a $100,000 investment from Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, at the culmination of a day-long visit to Manchester, the fourth stop on his five-city Rise of the Rest Road Trip.

The tour is part of a national effort to bring attention and venture capital to places that are often overlooked amid the dominance of Boston, New York and San Francisco.

Since 2014, Case has visited 14 cities and through his venture capital firm, Revolution, invested a total of $1.5 million in new businesses. (See related column, Page A7)

The latest round in Rise of the Rest takes him to Baltimore on Sept. 28, Philadelphia on Sept. 29, Buffalo on Sept. 30, Manchester on Oct. 1 and Portland, Maine, on Oct. 2

In preparation for the Manchester visit, more than 50 start-ups submitted applications for the pitch contest scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the offices of FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) in the Manchester Millyard.

The following seven New Hampshire companies have been selected by the staff at Revolution for the Shark Tank style competition:

• Adored — A customer loyalty and real-time rewards mobile app;

• VidFall — A social shopping platform, where brands leverage video to inspire purchasing;

• FreshAir Sensor — Technology that detects smoking;

• AlignRevenue — A collaborative virtual meeting platform that makes remote sales meetings interactive;

• HappsNow — Identifies social opportunities on and around college campuses;

• Calibrator Health — Gives health care practitioners real-time patient feedback;

• Fliq – Social media platform to connect across platforms and networks.

Throughout the day, Case will be joined by Gov. Maggie Hassan, inventor Dean Kamen of FIRST, Matt Cookson, executive director N.H. High Tech Council, and other local political, business and civic leaders for discussions about New Hampshire’s startup economy.

“These start-ups really represent all of New Hampshire,” said Jamie Coughlin, director of entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College and an organizer of the event. “That’s what gets me excited. It’s taking place in Manchester, and rightfully so, but it’s more than just Manchester.”


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